Category: End of Summer Update

Scottish Field….not that Chris Thomson

Following on from my post last weekend, the November issue of Scottish Field magazine is now out and I have a 9 page photo feature in it. The pictures look really quite good (I’m biased of course!).  I was concerned that there would have been colour shifts or a darkening of the images, but this has not happened.

My copy of the November issue of Scottish FieldI’m really pleased with the article, despite the one funny, but highly inaccurate, piece of information in the text.   Continue Reading

Scottish Field Magazine – Photo Feature

This is my first post in a while, in fact looking at the control panel for my blog it would appear that it is a year since I last posted an entry on here. Its been a busy year for me so far with a lot of time taken up with moving in to a new house and there’s not really been much time for photography. Over the last few weeks I’ve managed to get out a bit more for photos which has been good.

As some of you will know from an earlier post on the blog I had been trying out the Olympus Pen E-PM1 which is a Micro Four Thirds system camera (MFT). After using the camera for the best part of a year I decided to take the plunge and sell my old Canon EOS digital system to buy a higher spec MFT body and in early April this year I purchased an Olympus OMD-EM10 body along with an Olympus 45mm lens. I’m still getting used to the camera but I’ve been pretty happy it so far and I feel that it far outperforms my old Canon and has the added benefit of being smaller and much much lighter. The latest images in the Moray and Skye albums are taken with the new camera. Continue Reading

End of summer update

As the summer draws to a close I’ve been thinking about how things have gone this year. So far its been a year of ups and downs with both my photography and personal life. My wife and I are in the process of relocating to Inverness which is proving to be taking much longer than either of us imagined. Laura got a job in Inverness pretty quickly and so far I’ve had no success, the job market has pretty much dried up especially in the world of IT Support. I’ve had a couple of interviews so far and I’m currently waiting to hear if I’ve been successful with the most recent interview. Laura also took very ill in June and baffled the medical profession for some time, thankfully she seems to be on the mend now. Hopefully she’ll be able to go back to work soon.

My decision to start using film again has proved to be a good one and has yielded some of the best images I’ve ever taken so far. There have been numerous mistakes along the way, partly down to lack of familiarity with the medium format gear I’m using and partly down to me forgetting to check things. Modern digital SLRs are impressive and the results that the latest generations are yielding seem very good, however for me there is something missing from the final image (and no its not the lack of grain!). Its really hard to describe the difference but put simply I feel that the colours and tones you get from film are better. Medium Format digital backs which record in 16-bit colour get pretty close in many respects but the cost of switching to such a system is prohibitive for me.

So the big question is, will I continue to use film or will I simply go back to digital?  I’ve thought about this for a while now and film is the winner. Ok so there are going to be running costs i.e. film and processing and I won’t get to see the results instantly but for me the quality of the final results are more important than either of those.

Please note that I’m not saying digital photography is bad – I’ve been shooting digital for the last three years! I’ve just reached a point where I find the results from film to be more satisfactory, its a personal thing.

Here are three images that I’ve taken on film this year. The first image was taken on my Mamiya M645J with a 45mm Lens. The last two were taken on a Mamiya RB67 with a 65mm lens. All three were shot on Velvia 50.

The one thing that I’ve not mentioned for a while is my charity calendar. Unfortunately I’m not going to be producing a 2010 calendar as I’ve simply not had the time to get all the images that I wanted. Providing that I manage to get a job in Inverness soon I do hope to be able to start working towards a  2011 calendar, this will also depend on whether I can find a sponsor to cover the printing costs. I will keep you posted on this.

That’s the end of my update, I’ll try and post more regularly to the blog from now on. Until next time… take care!